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Easy Peasy Cookie Decorating for Kids


This is a classic – an activity that I remember from my childhood and one that I loved doing with Pebble. Who hasn’t iced a cookie!? Milk Arrowroots are a popular Aussie favourite for this job, but we had some Yo-Yos and Nice biscuits this time. Whatever is in the cupboard, right? Or you can make your own – this cookie recipe would be perfect (and they’re ready in 10 minutes).

You will need:
Plain cookies or biscuits to decorate – buy some or make your own
Icing sugar
Food colouring
Decorations – we used Smarties, snakes, silver cachous and sprinkle hearts

1. Put your cookies on a plate or tray

2. In a bowl use a whisk to combine 1 cup icing sugar and 2 tablespoons of water. You should end up with a thick paste. If it’s too thick, add a little more water. If it’s too thin, add a little more icing sugar.

3. Divide the icing into as many bowls as you would like colours. We used two colours. Add a couple of drops of food colouring to each bowl, and stir until the icing is evenly coloured.

4. Show your little one how to use a spoon or plastic knife to ice the cookies and decorate them. Then stand back and let them go for it!

When Pebble had very delicately iced some cookies she asked “is it ok if I tip this one into the other one?”, “Is it ok if the snakes go for a swim?”. Sure, I said. Why not?

Pebble is sometimes reluctant to get her hands dirty, so I didn’t mind her having a go and dipping her hands in this icing at all. She had a ball!

These biscuits make very cute gifts for loved ones too :)

Do you remember decorating cookies or biscuits when you were a kid? 


  1. I love the pics of Pebble…just gorgeous! I had forgotten all about the fun of icing the old arrowroot…i shall work up the courage to try it with the twins!!Thanks for sharing the fun and mess x
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    • Good luck! I find myself constantly thinking ‘how am I going to manage this with a baby around too?”. TWINS! Oh my.

  2. It certainly is a classic- and for good reason. Your bikkies look so colourful.
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  3. I can’t believe I have never thought to ice and decorate bought biscuits! Such a fun and easy way to do it!! Love this so much :-) Pinning and sharing!!
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  4. Looks great! ‘Cooking’ with kids is the best! I remember fondly icing biscuits and decorating them with my mum and sisters! This looks like such fun! And the dripping icing is just great!! :) Yum!
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  5. Anything that starts with Easy Peasy….you’ve got me and I love this idea!! :)

    I just love all your photos and Pebble looks like she had so much fun!
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  6. Kylie, I so love plain biscuits with icing sugar topping. I don’t know if it takes me back to my childhood or that it just compliments each other in taste. I love them! Such a fun activiy for the kidlets too and they really can;t go wrong with this recipe!
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  7. We do this ALL THE TIME and my kids never get sick of it! So much fun!
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  8. Definitely Easy enough for me.
    Love it!!!
    Looks like lots of fun as well as yum yum YUM :-D
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  9. Do these often, so simple, yet fun and of yummy :)

  10. What an incredibly simple but brilliantly fun and entertaining for children. I love this and can’t wait to do it with my little girl when she is older.

    I’m sure cookies taste even better when they are decorated by a child. Love it.

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  12. I love doing this at kids parties with lollies to make designs. Good idea for a fun afternoon activity! I love visiting your blog. I felt happy coming here with it’s lovely feel and beautiful pics.
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